On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This bill brings $2.2 trillion dollars to provide much-needed support for American families, workers, businesses, and nonprofits.

This is good news for all of us as we face new challenges together. Thanks to the stimulus bill, making charitable donations is more impactful than ever before. When you make a gift to the Discovery Center of Idaho, you are investing in the next generation and inspiring lifelong learning and interest in STEM. And, now you can receive additional tax benefits, too!

Here’s what we know:

  • Everyone will be able to deduct charitable contributions up to $300 in 2020. Through this year, donors will be able to deduct up to $300, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions. This “above the line” deduction can be used for gifts of cash only (not stock). So, there’s more reason than ever before to give what you can.
  • Donors who are able to make larger gifts will be able to deduct a much higher amount. For itemizers, the limits on the deductibility of charitable contributions are suspended this year. (Previously, individuals could deduct up to 60% of their adjusted gross income for cash donations. Now they can deduct up to 100%.) This new allowance only applies to gifts of cash (not gifts of stock or gifts made through donor-advised funds).
  • Corporations can benefit from charitable giving, too. The limit of deductible charitable contributions has been increased from 10% to 25% of taxable income.

We are incredibly grateful to our community: our members, partners, volunteers, and donors like you for standing by us over the years and for your continued support during this unprecedented time.

We are all in this together, and we will all get through it- stronger- together. Thank you for your support!



We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Make a donation!

Your gift impacts every aspect of the Discovery Center. It boosts access for Idaho students, creates STEM educational opportunities, guarantees fresh exhibitions, delivers memorable learning, and inspires future career paths in STEM fields for Idaho’s next generation. Your financial support makes a galactic difference.

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Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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    Boise, Idaho 83702


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